Dartford MP gets £3,000 grant for First World War booklet

Gareth Johnson, MP, will produce an educational booklet for primary school pupils.

Gareth Johnson, MP, will produce an educational booklet for primary school pupils.

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Dartford MP, Gareth Johnson has secured £3,000 in funding to produce a booklet charting the town's role during the First World War.

Thanks to a Heritage Lottery Fund grant, the booklet, produced in partnership with the Greenhithe and Swanscombe Royal British Legion (RBL) will encourage primary school aged children and young people to explore their own wartime heritage.

The booklet, which marks 100 years since the start of the conflict, will be given to every primary school pupil in the Dartford constituency.

Mr Johnson said: "This grant will fund the research and production of the booklet and we’re delighted to be supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

"The aim is to give bite-size bits of information with quizzes and activities so the children can go away and learn more. It will hopefully provide them with a clear idea of Dartford’s rich heritage and its role during the conflict.

Phil Berry of Greenhithe and Swancombe RBL added: "I am delighted to be part of this local educational project.

"Our aim for this project is to give our young generation an insight into a conflict which became the First World War but most importantly for them to ask questions about their own family's involvement and how their local area, families and the general population of Dartford and the surrounding villages were affected by 'the war to end all wars'."

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